Australian sassafras
Sassafras Sas"sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras officinale}); also, the bark of the roots, which has an aromatic smell and taste. [1913 Webster]

{Australian sassafras}, a lofty tree ({Doryophora Sassafras}) with aromatic bark and leaves.

{Chilian sassafras}, an aromatic tree ({Laurelia sempervirens}).

{New Zealand sassafras}, a similar tree ({Laurelia Nov[ae] Zelandi[ae]}).

{Sassafras nut}. See {Pichurim bean}.

{Swamp sassafras}, the sweet bay ({Magnolia glauca}). See {Magnolia}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • australian sassafras — noun Usage: usually capitalized A 1. : a tall tree (Doryphora sassafras) of the family Monimiaceae with aromatic bark and leaves 2. : a tree (Atherosperma moschata) of the family Monimiaceae with dark gray wood …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sassafras — Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras officinale}); also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sassafras nut — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sassafras officinale — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sassafras, Victoria — Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb name = Sassafras city = Melbourne state = vic caption = Sassafras township lga = Shire of Yarra Ranges postcode = 3787 pop = 968 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC21589 | name = Sassafras (State Suburb) |… …   Wikipedia

  • sassafras — /ˈsæsəfræs / (say sasuhfras) noun 1. an American tree, Sassafras albidum. 2. the aromatic bark of its root, used medicinally and especially for flavouring beverages, confectionery, etc. 3. any of several Australian trees with fragrant bark, as… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Chilian sassafras — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doryophora Sassafras — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • New Zealand sassafras — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swamp sassafras — Sassafras Sas sa*fras, n. [F. sassafras (cf. It. sassafrasso, sassafras, Sp. sasafras, salsafras, salsifrax, salsifragia, saxifragia), fr. L. saxifraga saxifrage. See {Saxifrage}.] (Bot.) An American tree of the Laurel family ({Sassafras… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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